Ian Thomas was born in New York City and raised in Texas. He has 30 years of global experience spanning four continents, including 15 years with The Boeing Company, where he served in a variety of leadership roles in Europe and as C.E.O. in India, Australia, and China. Prior to this, Ian served in the office of the secretary of defense at the Pentagon. He holds an M.Phil. in international relations and a Ph.D. in history, both from the University of Cambridge, as well as a graduate diploma in social sciences from Stockholm University. He received his bachelor’s degree (cum laude) in history from Amherst College and also studied art history and Italian in Florence, Italy. He was named a Young Leader of the French-American Foundation (2005) and a Companion of the Royal Aeronautical Society (2006). He is a recipient of the Defense Exceptional Public Service Medal (2001) and the Sir Charles Kingsford Smith Medal (2013) for outstanding contributions to aviation. He has served as a director of the U.S. India Educational Foundation and of the Australian American Fulbright Commission. He is the author of The Promise of Alliance: NATO and the Political Imagination. He joined Whittle School & Studios because he was drawn to its meaningful mission and the extraordinary team of innovators, educators, and business leaders who have joined together to build a global school for the Innovation Age.